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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

More brutal action than in earlier X-Men films.

Movie PG-13 2009 107 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 40 parent reviews

age 14+

Very gruesome and bad movie

This is way too scary for kids. One thing that’s violent is that when wolverine kills people and when he takes his claws out in the earlier X-Men films there are no blood on them. In this movie there is blood when he takes them out they were also some very frightening things.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 13+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (40 ):
Kids say (121 ):

Much like the over-stuffed, over-done X-Men: The Last Stand, this is a fairly bloated film with too many characters, too much comic book trivia, and, ironically, not enough Wolverine. "More" in this case doesn't mean "better"; here, it's simply too much, with supporting characters crowding out the lead.

The action scenes are acceptable, even though X-Men Origins: Wolverine doesn't do much with its '70s setting (since the only time-setting plot point is the Three Mile Island disaster, it's not always clear when all this is happening). Jackman has a real charm and a sly sense of humor; regrettably, the film doesn't give him much to do with either of them. And while Huston and co-star Liev Schreiber are charismatic in their bad-guy roles, the fact that the film bypasses them in favor of a silent, speechless ultimate bad guy detracts from their work. Wolverine feels like it was produced by people who were more interested in making money and selling toys than they were in telling a coherent, fun story, and the film suffers for it.

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